Realty One

Monday, May 21, 2018


REGINA - Marian Studenic scored the winner as the Hamilton Bulldogs edged Swift Current 2-1 on Monday night to win their first game at the Memorial Cup despite a standout performance from Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner.

Studenic received a back-door pass from Benjamin Gleason with just over two minutes remaining.

Skinner, an Edmonton Oilers prospect, stopped 54 shots in defeat and kept Hamilton shooters frustrated for the majority of the night.

Mackenzie Entwistle, on the power play, also scored for the Ontario Hockey League's Bulldogs (1-1). Hamilton gained a bit of breathing room in the Canadian major junior championship with the victory.

Colby Sissons found the back of the net for Swift Current (0-2), which faces a must-win game on Wednesday night against Western Hockey League rival and host Regina (1-1).

Kaden Fulcher made 20 saves to earn the win in net.

Skinner was at his best in the third period with several key stops that kept the game tied.

Fulcher made a point-blank save during a 4-on-4 opportunity midway through the third. The Bulldogs then came down at the other end of the ice and nearly scored on three straight opportunities that included a shot hitting the post twice.

Shortly after, Skinner made one more key save by stopping Robert Thomas who was in alone. He then robbed Thomas again moments later with a scrawling blocker save.

The Bulldogs were all over Hamilton in the first and finished the period with a 22-4 shot advantage.

Entwistle opened the scoring on the power play by collecting a juicy rebound and firing it into a wide-open net. The goal came just as it appeared the Broncos would kill off an almost two-minute long 5-on-3 opportunity.

Hamilton's strong play continued in the second, but Skinner kept his team in the game with a glove save on an Isaac Nurse breakaway.

Sissons launched a wrist shot from the point past Fulcher on a power play to finally get the Broncos on the board midway through the second.

Captain Glenn Gawdin almost gave Swift Current the lead 13 minutes into the second but Fulcher made two point-blank saves in tight to keep the game tied.

Swift Current was playing without key forward Tyler Steenbergen after he we was injured in the Broncos' opener against Acadie-Bathurst. Swift Current coach Manny Viveiros said Monday morning that Steenbergen would be a game-time decision.

Hamilton wraps up round-robin play on Tuesday against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Titan (2-0).

(Canadian Press)


Morgan said...

Uh oh... more humble pie for the Broncos and their fans to eat!!! Suck it speedy creek!!! Go Pats Go!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh oh swift only one more game left to go

Anonymous said...

Love the Pats fans' comments here!!!! Too bad they have only enjoyed four victories since the end of the regular season back in March!

Anonymous said...

to beat the pats on wed

Anonymous said...

Announced attendance 5800,? Who are you trying to kid? And it will get worse as soon as both WHL teams are gone. And at $90.00 a hit who cares ?

william weppler said...

A great game last night and unfortunately Broncos couldn't pull it out of the hat and help their Tender out. Bulldogs dominate but Broncos still in it til late in the 3rd for some reason. Thomas looking as great as he was talked up to be...likely should have had a couple himself.

Never the less a win on Wednesday and Broncos have a life, albeit a tough road to winning the Cup.

Should be a good one as the rivals meet for the millionth time this year it seems!

Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

Don't live in Regina, but watching the games on TV, there must be a whack of corporate tickets bought and even those folks aren't going to the games. 5800 in even close. You can say what you want but it comes down to price. $95 is too much for any junior hockey game, even the World Juniors.